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Grad Students Help Kids Expand Perception of Scientists
October 13, 2010
Children are natural scientists, frequently asking questions about the world around them and how it works. But ask a child to draw a picture of a scientist, and they will most often sketch someone who looks nothing like themselves-an older white male with unkempt hair and a lab coat, holding a beaker in his hand and pens in his pocket.
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